We almost spent Christmas in Baguio, if it wasn’t because of a Grinch. Haha! But hey, it’s Christmas day so we’d rather focus on positive vibes and the beautiful memories that we’d like to share with you. Last Saturday,we left our car in Manila so we could fully experience how if feels to literally be “back-packers”.
Christmas traffic and the people who went cray-cray over travelling to different places including our destination were lined up at Victory Liner Bus Terminal buying tickets. The earliest trip available for us is at 12:20PM but we got their around 8:00 so we had to check-in at the nearest econotel to catch some sleep and freshen up before our trip. Glad we discovered Grand Prix Econotel! The place was clean and it’s very affordable.
Due to the heavy traffic in Tarlac and La Union, we reached Baguio City after an 8 hour trip.
We went to Microtel to to check for an available room and avail our 30% off discount from Enjoy Philippines but they’re already fully booked for the night. So, we decided to have dinner first at Te Quiero Tapas Bar which is just right outside Microtel. They offer buffet for only Php350!
Every hotel that we walked-in was fully booked! But thank heavens to Manong guard who lead us to City Light Hotel. Although the staff wasn’t so friendly, we had no choice but to book their available room which was located at their 4th basement. Our room was clean and big but we could hear noises from nearby establishments, vehicles and that (aaarhh) generator of some sort. But we were too tired that we slept for almost 10 hours! Haha! We almost didn’t make it to our free breakfast buffet.
Day 2, we headed to Session Road. to look for a clean and affordable hotel. But every hotel that offers an overnight stay for less than Php 2000 is just not appealing to us. Instead of going back to City Light Hotel, we followed our cab driver’s advise to check out one of the newest hotels in town, City Center Hotel.
Their room rate is just the same as City Light Hotel’s. The only difference is that their rooms are smaller and their accommodation doesn’t come with a free breakfast. But a safe box,free Wifi, and a cafe that offers cheap yet good pastries are some of the things that we love about City Center Hotel.
Their staff is nice too! Their location is near Baguio’s tourists spots, so if you do not have a car, you can either walk or take a cab (cabbies in Baguio give exact change!). This hotel is only a few blocks away from Burnham Park where you shouldn’t miss a strip where they sell cheap and yummy roasted chicken!
|random people playing chess at the Burnham Park|
Right across Burnham Park is old building filled with different shops of pre-loved clothes,shoes and even toys! Dust is just all over the place so, we don’t suggest that you bring your kids with you. Also not a good spot for people with allergies and asthma.
In the afternoon, we went to The Botanical garden. We love nature and we just couldn’t help but take few shots of the beautiful flowers.
After our visit to the Botanical garden, we headed to Good Shepherd to buy some goodies as present for our loved ones. Good Shepherd is located right beside Mines View Park. Sure there are many Good Shepherd goodies being sold at stalls or even in Baguio Public Market but they are a bit over priced and their stocks are limited. So, if you’re heading to Baguio make sure to take a short trip to Good Shepherd.
|Ang ka love team ng alpha male|
We went back to our hotel to unload and take a quick shower for our dinner! Wohoo! Finally, we got to experience 50’s Diner! We were overwhelmed with their serving and we feel sorry for not finishing our meal.
After dinner, we asked the cab driver to drop us off at Harrison road where the famous night market is. Our intention was to shop but we were totally surprised with their overly priced selection of used items (P2200 for a pair of used Sneakers?)! They must be out of their minds.
So,we just decided to grab coffee at Mc Donald’s Session Road and head to our hotel and take some rest. It was indeed a very long day!
We feel sorry for leaving Baguio too soon but the trip is one of the most memorable activities that we had as husband and wife. We’re looking forward for more fun and exciting trips for the coming year.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Migs and Alaine